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(New Musical Express)   Thirty years after they should have, The Who announce plans to quit touring   (nme.com) divider line 71
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2013-10-25 06:06:49 AM
This. They should have called it a day after Keith Moon died, same as Zeppelin did with Bonham. But after the Ox checked out? They weren't The Who any more. Not when a band who billed themselves as "maximum R&B" lost their entire rhythm section.
 
2013-10-25 06:36:22 AM
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2013-10-25 07:14:54 AM
I saw The Who in '82...and that was supposed to be their farewell tour.

They really should have quit when Entwistle died 11 years ago.
 
2013-10-25 07:19:45 AM
Yeah. They should have bowed out awhile ago. But I'm glad I got to see them before entwhistle kicked it.
 
2013-10-25 07:21:12 AM
Finally getting their comeuppance for making Venus Flytrap cry.
 
2013-10-25 07:25:27 AM
Seen them in '89. Fantastic show. rip Fast fingered bassman
 
2013-10-25 07:27:46 AM
I remember 'Who Farewell Tour' jokes on 'You Can't Do That on Television' in the 80's.
 
2013-10-25 07:31:32 AM
and?
 
2013-10-25 07:32:16 AM
But... but... there are still five people on the planet who haven't seen them live!

/ When your band is down to the guy who can no longer sing and the guy who can no longer hear, it's time to hang it up.
 
2013-10-25 07:34:42 AM

slayer199: I saw The Who in '82...and that was supposed to be their farewell tour.

They really should have quit when Entwistle died 11 years ago.


It was a farewell tour for certain fans at an Ohio show.
 
2013-10-25 07:34:58 AM
Who?
 
2013-10-25 07:38:36 AM
Wh..

Slowdog: Who?


*Shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-10-25 07:39:58 AM

Sir Cumference the Flatulent: This. They should have called it a day after Keith Moon died, same as Zeppelin did with Bonham. But after the Ox checked out? They weren't The Who any more. Not when a band who billed themselves as "maximum R&B" lost their entire rhythm section.


They were only still touring because Ox couldn't save a dollar so they kept having to bail him out. Then I think there was the "Here's $50m dollars, play songs for Baby Boomers" appeal of it after Ox died.
 
2013-10-25 07:44:46 AM
They had a good run.

/30-40 years ago
//big fan back then
///who's next is classic
 
2013-10-25 07:47:05 AM
The What?
 
2013-10-25 07:48:30 AM
Saw Ian Anderson last Sunday.  Will see him again, as many times as possible.

No desire to see The Who.
 
2013-10-25 07:50:29 AM
Yes, The Who should have quit a long time ago. The could have kept touring. They were excellent musicians. I saw a post Moon show, the 1997 Quadrophenia Tour. It was quite good. I still would have gone to the show if they called themselves something else. They weren't going to sell anymore records or tickets using the name The Who. I know who they are. Retiring the name would have been a nice way to honor Moon too.

If they were going to keep the name they should have at least filled the spots with permanent replacements. Not hired, nameless people. Same with the Stones. They were still the Stones when Ron Wood joined and he became part of the band. But when Wyman left they weren't the Stones to me anymore.
 
2013-10-25 07:51:11 AM
The Who announce they will quit touring after 50th anniversary gig in 2015
 
2013-10-25 08:01:26 AM
Done in one. That is all.
 
2013-10-25 08:09:36 AM
When asked for a comment, surviving members of the Rolling Stones were briefly roused from medically-induced comas to say, "Hah! Pussies!"
 
2013-10-25 08:18:52 AM

Smashed Hat: But... but... there are still five people on the planet who haven't seen them live!


That makes me feel quite special.
 
2013-10-25 08:30:05 AM
Saw them in the early 2000s in their first show after Entwistle died.  They played "The Kids Are Alright" for the first time in x years at that show which was neat.

Robert Plant opened up which was cool.
 
2013-10-25 08:40:16 AM
Yeah right, I won't get fooled again.
 
2013-10-25 08:49:36 AM
I grew up listening to The Who during their primetime but

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2013-10-25 08:49:40 AM
Pete's 1980's solo stuff was really good. The Who stuff not so much.
 
2013-10-25 08:49:57 AM
Instead of "I'd walk over you to see The Who" will now be "I'd roll my scooter over you to see The Who".

Hell yeah I'll go see The Who....they are better nearly dead than most of the newer bands today..
 
2013-10-25 08:51:28 AM
Seen The Who several times.....never failed to put on a great show....and with such great classic albums as Quadrophenia, Tommy, Who's Next, Live at Leeds and Who Are You (to name just a few) under their belts, they can do whatever they want to......as far as I am concerned Pete and Roger are royality and naysayers should be hanged, drawn and quartered.
 
2013-10-25 09:02:05 AM
Saw them last year and they put on a fantastic show.  Townshend still does a great windmill and towards the end of the show he tried that kick jump thing and laughed at himself at how weak it is.  He also lost his voice nearing the end but he joked about it and threw the verse back to Daltry who also chuckled about it.  They play well, sing well, and seem to thoroughly enjoy themselves on stage.  That works for me.
 
2013-10-25 09:13:16 AM
Just because your best days are behind you, you don't cease to be. As long as they get enjoyment and purpose out what they do, they should keep doing it, and the rest of the 6 billion or so people on Earth can fark off if they don't like it.

I watch this on Youtube at least twice a week, I can't get enough of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hflF6YCsqbs
 
2013-10-25 09:18:56 AM

Ooba Tooba: It was a farewell tour for certain fans at an Ohio show.


That was 1979.
 
2013-10-25 09:23:07 AM
It's time. At this point, what I'd rather see is Pete Townshend go out solo, with an acoustic guitar and maybe a small, backing band. I'd pay to watch him break down his Who and solo tunes, and tell stories about the Who and his life in between songs. That would be a great show to see.
 
2013-10-25 09:24:38 AM

slayer199: I saw The Who in '82...and that was supposed to be their farewell tour.


I'm still puzzled that "Athena" was a bigger hit on the Hot 100 than "Eminance Front".

The latter is pitch perfect to set the mood for "The Americans".
 
2013-10-25 09:25:30 AM

Crewmannumber6: Just because your best days are behind you, you don't cease to be. As long as they get enjoyment and purpose out what they do, they should keep doing it, and the rest of the 6 billion or so people on Earth can fark off if they don't like it.

I watch this on Youtube at least twice a week, I can't get enough of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hflF6YCsqbs


Thanks for sharing......very cool.
 
2013-10-25 09:30:02 AM
Aren't they the band they hired for all those CSI theme songs?

/ducks
 
2013-10-25 09:37:45 AM

OtherLittleGuy: slayer199: I saw The Who in '82...and that was supposed to be their farewell tour.

I'm still puzzled that "Athena" was a bigger hit on the Hot 100 than "Eminance Front".

The latter is pitch perfect to set the mood for "The Americans".


I had to double check your facts because it didn't sound right.....but you are correct.  I am surprised too....Eminance Front is a much stronger song.  But Athena is a good song also.


/it's a put on
 
2013-10-25 09:40:14 AM

slayer199: I saw The Who in '82...and that was supposed to be their farewell tour.

They really should have quit when Entwistle died 11 years ago.


Yeah.  The isolated bass track from Baba O'Riley is astonishing.  They just aren't the same band without him.
 
2013-10-25 10:24:54 AM

Drexl's Eye: slayer199: I saw The Who in '82...and that was supposed to be their farewell tour.

They really should have quit when Entwistle died 11 years ago.

Yeah.  The isolated bass track from Baba O'Riley is astonishing.  They just aren't the same band without him.


John Entwistle was the lead guitarist, and Pete was the rhythm guitarist.
 
2013-10-25 10:31:29 AM
My favorite band of all time, but I agree they should have hung it up long ago.  Definitely after Entwistle died.  That said, I think there is a strong case for them being the greatest band in the world from 1967-1973. When you look at their recorded output in those years (Who Sell Out, Tommy, Live at Leeds, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, multiple singles and non album tracks) and their live performances (Monterey, Woodstock, Leeds, Isle of Wight, Charlton) they were really setting the bar for rock and roll at that time.
 
2013-10-25 10:33:19 AM

verbaltoxin: Drexl's Eye: slayer199: I saw The Who in '82...and that was supposed to be their farewell tour.

They really should have quit when Entwistle died 11 years ago.

Yeah.  The isolated bass track from Baba O'Riley is astonishing.  They just aren't the same band without him.

John Entwistle was the lead guitarist, and Pete was the rhythm guitarist.


He did have a lead style of bass thing going on....
 
2013-10-25 10:42:34 AM

jj325: My favorite band of all time, but I agree they should have hung it up long ago.  Definitely after Entwistle died.  That said, I think there is a strong case for them being the greatest band in the world from 1967-1973. When you look at their recorded output in those years (Who Sell Out, Tommy, Live at Leeds, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, multiple singles and non album tracks) and their live performances (Monterey, Woodstock, Leeds, Isle of Wight, Charlton) they were really setting the bar for rock and roll at that time.


YOU FOOL!  DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU'VE JUST DONE????
RUN!  RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!  HE'S SET THE KRACKEN LOOSE UPON US!!

*runs screaming from thread*
 
2013-10-25 10:50:02 AM

karnal: verbaltoxin: Drexl's Eye: slayer199: I saw The Who in '82...and that was supposed to be their farewell tour.

They really should have quit when Entwistle died 11 years ago.

Yeah.  The isolated bass track from Baba O'Riley is astonishing.  They just aren't the same band without him.

John Entwistle was the lead guitarist, and Pete was the rhythm guitarist.

He did have a lead style of bass thing going on....


Entwistle started on piano, and when he moved to bass guitar, he just treated it like a long, 4-stringed piano.
 
2013-10-25 10:59:35 AM

McFifenstein: Yeah. They should have bowed out awhile ago. But I'm glad I got to see them before entwhistle kicked it.


Myself. Entwistle was was amazing when I saw them.
 
2013-10-25 11:47:56 AM

Slowdog: Who?


lame is lame 50 years after it should have been reitred
 
2013-10-25 11:58:29 AM
NEXT:  Pete Townshend decides to go solo and do a "The Kids are Alright" tour.
 
2013-10-25 12:12:18 PM

Sir Cumference the Flatulent: This. They should have called it a day after Keith Moon died, same as Zeppelin did with Bonham. But after the Ox checked out? They weren't The Who any more. Not when a band who billed themselves as "maximum R&B" lost their entire rhythm section.


speaking of . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52_8KaL0j_8
 
2013-10-25 12:47:01 PM
Old people should just stay at home and tend their lawns.
 
2013-10-25 01:48:04 PM

jj325: My favorite band of all time, but I agree they should have hung it up long ago.  Definitely after Entwistle died.  That said, I think there is a strong case for them being the greatest band in the world from 1967-1973. When you look at their recorded output in those years (Who Sell Out, Tommy, Live at Leeds, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, multiple singles and non album tracks) and their live performances (Monterey, Woodstock, Leeds, Isle of Wight, Charlton) they were really setting the bar for rock and roll at that time.


Yep... The power and the majesty.  "The greatest band in the world from 1967-1973."?  Yeah, probably.

Love the Who. But just Rog & Pete aren't "The Who", so I'm not too broken up about their retirement.
 
2013-10-25 02:06:01 PM
Endless Wire was good.....actually better than good....and charted pretty well.  If they put another album out I would pick it up.
 
2013-10-25 02:09:39 PM
Haven't seen them since Entwhistle died.  Last time was at Cleveland Municipal Stadium - can't remember which year. That was a great show, and the mid-90's Quadrophenia tour was fantastic, as well.  I still love 'em to death, just can't get excited about a show anymore.
 
2013-10-25 02:23:00 PM
I thought they were solid during the Superbowl Halftime show.  granted, that was a few years ago now.
 
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